Sheriff indicted; boys banned from sliding; a speaking tube for horse

Dec 19, 2019

Dec. 22, 1830

The Heavens were brilliantly illuminated by the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, on Saturday evening the 11th instant.—The appearance here was splendid, perhaps more so in our higher latitude than in Boston…

On Monday evening last, Mr. Nichols exhibited to a few of the inhabitants of this village some specimens of the art of mimicry. It consisted merely in an imitation of sounds, unaccompanied with appropriate action, which might with facility be acquired by every person of accurate observations…Ventriloquism it is only another name for mimicry, attended with circumstances, which produce an entertaining deception, and lead the hearers to imagine that the voice proceeds from different situations.

Dec. 23, 1875

A great many little noses are flattening against shop windows about Christmas time.

The city marshal has been ordered to enforce the law prohibiting boys sliding on the sidewalks and principal streets. And he intends to do it.

Deputy sheriff Bean has been indicted in the U.S. court for delaying the mail by arresting John C. Withee, driver of the Belfast & Bangor stage.

At the cabinet shop of Patterson & Young, the other day, we noticed a speaking tube running through the floor to the basement. The proprietors said it was used exclusively for horse talk to the animal that traveled in a circle and propelled the machinery. This saying “get up” and “whoa” to an invisible horse, seemed something novel.

Dec. 19, 1912

The new Cameragraph installed at the Opera House last week is giving great satisfaction. The pictures produced by this machine are clear, steady and flickerless and do not tire the eyes. Manager Clifford is up to date always. Last Friday and Saturday a special feature at the Opera House was the five reel Oliver Twist, with Mr. Nat C. Goodwin as Fagan.


Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

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